Tag Archive: Leadership Development

A Plan Without Energy is a Car Without Gas

I coach a leader who is preoccupied and impatient. He walks past people without noticing them. He’s testy when interactions hint at taking longer than absolutely necessary. He’s working to better connect with… Continue reading

4 Ways Coaching-Managers Lower Stress and Succeed with Tough Conversations

Discomfort often tips people toward new behaviors. 4 ways to succeed with tough conversations: #1. Have them quickly. Delay makes matters worse. Say-what-you-see as soon as possible. If you’re concerned that you could be… Continue reading

When Silence is Painful, Not Golden

Failure to bring up disappointing performance is cruel, not compassionate. Apart from intervention, negative trajectory accelerates.   When silence is painful, not golden: Silence when performance disappoints prolongs pain, increases stress, and affirms… Continue reading

The 5 Most Painful Leaders to be Around

Some leaders are painful to be around. To be honest, sometimes you and I are the pain. We’ve all been the leader others complain about. The 5 most painful leaders to be around: Nit-pickers.… Continue reading

How to Rise Above Squeaky-Wheel Leadership and Energize Top Performance

Squeaky-wheel leaders spend too much time focused on broken stuff. The seduction of squeaky-wheel leadership makes confused leaders feel important. But, ultimately it means: Failure outshines progress. Poor performers take priority over top. Environments… Continue reading

5 Things That Make Nearly Any Meeting Great

I’ve been in some meetings that I couldn’t wait to end. I’ve led a few myself. Five things that make nearly any meeting great: #1. Kind candor and courageous transparency abound. Courageous transparency… Continue reading